Posted by Admin on February 10, 2016
Cell phone signals are a critical part of today's world as the majority of the population has and relies upon some form of signal based technology. A recent report from statista has predicted that by the end of 2017 5 billion people will use a mobile device. This would mean that out of the entire population of the earth which is estimated at 7.3 billion nearly everyone will have a phone. As such, cell phone technologies and services can be predicted to increase their capabilities. However, at the present, there are many faults with the cell phone and mobile technologies, specifically in cell phone signal and reception area.
There are many reasons that can cause a signal to be dropped or reception be low on the cell phone. Primarily, there are four main reasons that a cell phone is not working as it should. These are:
• The phone that is being used is outdated or trying to connect to an incompatible tower. For example a 3G phone trying to connect to a 5G network.
• The structure of the building or the car restricts the signal. This is found a great deal in concrete structures as well as in some vehicles.
• Manmade structures and natural exterior structures block the signal. These obstructions can be other building, trees, and such.
• Proximity to a tower is too great of a distance. The further you are from a tower, the weaker the signal will be. Add to this obstructions and cross frequencies and you could very easily have a weak signal.
Of course, there are other issues which can cause a disrupted signal (such as cross signal cancel outs) but for the most part, the above issues will be the culprit. When it comes to fixing these problems, upgrading the phone and minimizing the signal obstructions may help. However, in remote locations you may find that the signal is still too weak to be of use.
A remote location does not mean that a location is "dead". It could be that you are just on the outskirts of the reception area of the network. If you think of a tower as projecting a signal in a radius (which it does) and you follow that radius to the edge, you will find that those which are closest to the edge have the weakest signal. In some cases even though a person is within the coverage area, their phone still shows up as not having a signal due to the weakness of the signal. This is where a Wilson cell phone booster kit can help.
Wilson boosters amplify the signals which are available in an area, and then transmit the strongest signal back to the receiver in order to provide a usable signal. It does not make bars or create a network, but it reconditions the signals which are too weak to be used into one strong signal.
A weBoost cell phone booster kit does just what the name suggests, it boosts a signal. The signal which is obtained from the antenna is sent to a receiver where the hardware amplifies the signal to give the maximum strength to that acquired signal. Think of it as ants in a colony. Where one ant has the ability to perform its task, if there are a bunch of ants working together in the colony the strength is increased and higher levels of proficiency can be obtained. There are a few things that you should keep in mind:
• You need to know where (if any) the best reception for your cell phone is located outside the structure. Ensure that you test both the interior as well as the exterior space.
• As most signals and receptors do not come as one unit (though you can find some such as in the Wilson Sleek Cradle Booster and use it inside structure with home accessory kit), you will need to dedicate an area of a room to the booster and antenna.
• You will need to have a cellular network subscription to access the cell network. Different phones work on different frequencies and you will be required to have legal access to the network in order to boost the signal.
Before you go picking an amplifier/ booster, you should know the frequency on which your phone operates. There are dual-band amplifiers as well as AWS frequencies for signals. In most cases you will be safe in operating a standard dual-band frequency amplifier. AT&T’s 4G LTE, T-Mobile’s 2G, and Sprints 3G operate off of this frequency. Phones which may have issues with a standard dual-band frequency include Metro PCS, Verizon 4G LTE, and some T-Mobile phones. It is best that you check with your network provider to know what frequencies are used by their towers. However, if buying a Wilson cell phone booster kit from us, you need not worry much because all of them work with all US & Canadian cellular service providers. Just ensure you buy the ones marked, "4G" if you have a 4G phone and your Carrier supports it so you can take advantage of their high speed 4G LTE data speeds.
Once you have established that your phone is not the culprit of your weak signal and you have determined what type of frequency your network operates upon, it is time to get an amplifier. But what should you get? There are boosters, amplifiers, extenders, and all of these have their own brands and variations. Fortunately, demystifying these "categories" is quite simple.
Boosters - Boosters work by taking a signal and amplifying it. The signal is already present and is coupled or amplified via the hardware in the receiver.
Extender – An extender works by either an electric current or by a dedicated cable and extends your signal’s coverage area. It does this in the exact same method that a booster does, with very little variations on the antenna and receiver placement.
Repeater – This is also the same as a booster. It takes an existing signal and amplifies it. This is accomplished by repeating the signal with other signals to form a strong singular signal in which to project to the receiver.
The point is that most of these products function in the same way. There are a few variations in the products, but they all perform by taking a signal from a remote location or from a location that has a weak signal and boosting that frequency/signal so that it can be used. In some cases, cell phones have seen the available bars double or even triple in strength depending on what booster is being used and the strength of the original signal.
The most highly recommended one is the weBoost 471104 Connect 4G-X. The reason for this is that it is the most powerful consumer weBoost cell phone booster kit for indoor use that boosts reception for texting, calling, Internet 3G, 4G, and LTE. Therefore, it is the most popular indoor cell phone signal booster boosting signal for approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor spaces.
Cell phone boosters are perfectly legal and can be very useful for individuals living in a remote location or in a location where a signal is very weak. The FCC only requires that those who have a cell phone booster register that booster with their network provider.
The FCC states:
• At this time, the FCC likely will not pursue enforcement against current or prospective signal booster users unless it involves an instance of unresolved interference. If a wireless licensee or the FCC asks you to turn off your signal booster because it is causing interference to a wireless network, however, you must turn off your booster and leave it off until the interference problem can be resolved. Please contact FCC should you have any questions during such a request.
• Consumers are required to register signal boosters with their wireless providers.
The registration process is more to keep the networks from shutting down should someone have a homemade or a second hand cell phone booster than it is to minimize the usage of such devices. That being stated, networks encourage you to buy products which are specifically endorsed by their network. YOU DO NOT have to buy a network product; you just have to have one that meets the networks requirements. In many cases, you will be able to find a booster to extend the network coverage area if you are just outside of the coverage area easily.
A weBoost cell phone booster kit is an excellent tool for increasing a signal and minimizing dropped calls to remote locations and to locations with weak signals. However, a Wilson cell phone booster kit cannot create a signal where one is not present. In most cases there will be some form of a signal in the area. Yet, areas which are too remote (for example areas in which there is not a tower for over 100 miles) and areas which have a high level of obstructions (such as those living in a mountainous region) may find that even with a cell phone booster, the signal is too weak to be effective.
A weBoost cell phone booster is not a hack into the network. It does not create an account with the network and has no affiliation with the provider. It is a tool and only works to collect data (in this case the signal) and to transmit that data in the best way. Improper use of the cell phone booster can damage your cell phone, the tower, and possibly the network. Boosters cannot create internet services. This is a separate frequency and signal which requires a Wi-Fi booster.
When you purchase a Wilson cell phone booster kit, you should expect to have at least four components. These components are:
1. An exterior antenna.
2. An amplifier.
3. An interior antenna.
4. A coax cable.
5. A power source
Some models may combine the antenna and amplifier, but in most cases these two will be separate. When reviewing products, ensure that the coax cable is of a high quality and shortest length needed. The longer a coaxial cable, the more apt you will be to have a weakened signal. At the same time, if you have a coax cable that is short, the fibers may fray over time and you may suffer a signal loss. Do your research.
Any receiver or amplifier that you purchase should be placed independent of any other cell phone booster. The reason is that when in close proximity, a cell phone booster can cancel out another booster’s signal. It is advised that when you are trying to boost a signal at a remote location that you only use one booster or if you must use multiple boosters that you only use one per room to minimize the risk of crossing your frequencies. Ensure that you place your antenna and your booster in the same direction unless instructed not to, by your specific model/brand. They should not face each other.
Power sources should be plugged into a dedicated circuit. If possible, have the plug on a surge protector (or order a booster that comes with a built in surge protector) to avoid damage. Many of our high end units include a free surge protector.
Always use the equipment that is provided to you. Do not substitute external equipment or cables to your device as this may cause a great deal of damage to your phone, your electronics, and the network. It could also void your registration of the product to the network. NEVER substitute a coax cable and a standard "cable" cable with each other. They are completely different although they may look similar. Additionally, do not use antennas that do not come with your kit.
If you're one of the few people that live in an extremely remote location, you may want to consider purchasing a mini-radio tower kit. These kits do require you to obtain permissions from your local county, but when in place they can work alongside your cell phone signal booster to increase the strength of all frequencies within the area. Check with your network and your building and zoning area prior to putting up a mini-tower. Mini-towers are not independent towers but are considered to be a relay point for existing frequencies. You will have to "tune" your tower into those frequencies. This option should only be considered by those which have a strong understanding about signal frequencies, computers, and such. It is not intended for novices. You will still need to have a receiver as the tower is acting as a mega antenna. In some cases you can contact your network for such a tower. Keep in mind, they are quite expensive. It is advised that you opt for a premium cell phone booster with an exterior mounting system if possible.
While this article has done its best to explain how a booster can help your remote location receive a stronger signal, it is understandable that you may have questions. There are a lot of products which are available and each product presents its own set of questions. If you have any inquiries as to how a specific cell phone booster may, or may not help you to get a stronger reception on your phone, please let us know.
The cellular world is ever growing and the access to networks and to signals will only increase. In a global community where instantaneous responses are expected and where dropped calls and weak signals are no excuse for a missed business call, date arrangement, or for mom (though some would love to use it as such), it is critical that your phone have the least amount of dropped calls and lost signals. First, ensure that you maximize the signals potential by removing any obstacles in the way. Secondly, find the area in which the strongest signal is available. Third, get a Wilson cell phone signal booster to amplify the strongest signal back to your phone. Finally, if you have any questions or issues, let us know. We are here to help. Thank you.